Resolution J1688-2013

Honoring the Eastern New York Intellectual Property Law Association's Inventors of the Year



  • May 7, 2013: ADOPTED
  • May 2, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION honoring the Eastern New York Intellectual Prop-
erty Law Association's Inventors of the Year

WHEREAS, The State of New York takes great pride  in  acknowledging  its
esteemed  residents  who  have distinguished themselves in their profes-
sion; and
  WHEREAS, The Eastern New York Intellectual  Property  Law  Association
will  honor Bernard Patrick Bewlay, Brian Michael Ellis, Michael Francis
Xavier Gigliotti, Thomas Joseph Kelly, Mohamed Rahmane, Stephen  Francis
Rutkowski,  Michael James Weimer, and Joseph Carl Wukusick as its Inven-
tors of the Year during a dinner to be held at the Century House on  May
23, 2013; and
  WHEREAS,  These  distinguished  gentlemen  are being recognized for US
Patent No. 8,048,365, issued on November 1, 2011, entitled Crucibles for
Melting Titanium Alloys; and
  WHEREAS, Turbine engine designers are  continuously  looking  for  new
materials  with  improved  properties  for  reducing  engine  weight and
obtaining higher engine operating temperatures; and
  WHEREAS, Titanium alloys, especially titanium  aluminide  (TiAl)-based
alloys,  possess  a  promising combination of low-temperature mechanical
properties as well as high intermediate temperature strength  and  creep
resistance; and
  WHEREAS,  For  those  reasons, TiAl-based alloys have the potential to
replace nickel-based super-alloys, which  are  currently  used  to  make
numerous turbine engine components; and
  WHEREAS,  One  method  used to make turbine engine components, such as
airfoils, is vacuum induction melting, which generally involves  heating
a  metal in a crucible made from a non-conductive refractory alloy oxide
until the charge of the metal within the  crucible  is  melted  down  to
liquid form; and
  WHEREAS, Cold wall or graphite crucibles are generally used to prevent
thermal  stress  on the crucible, which may cause cracking; cracking may
lead to a reduction in crucible life and  inclusions  in  the  component
being cast; and
  WHEREAS,  Difficulties  may  also  arise  when melting highly reactive
alloys, such as TiAl, and cold crucible melting also  has  a  number  of
technical and economic limitations; and
  WHEREAS,  There  is, therefore, a great need for ceramic crucibles for
use in melting highly reactive alloys that are less  likely  to  contam-
inate  the  alloy and pose fewer technical and economic limitations than
current applications; and
  WHEREAS, The State of New York is pleased to join the Eastern New York
Intellectual Property Law Association in recognizing these extraordinary
men for their valuable invention; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
honor  the  Eastern  New  York  Intellectual  Property Law Association's
Inventors of the Year; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the Eastern New York Intellectual Property Law Association.


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